Friday, May 8, 2015

Daddy, what did you do in the climate wars?

What's it been, 2 weeks?  Another pipe, a refinery, a train?  This time another train full of bitumen from  tar sands or shale.  This in the Dakotas, and it caused a small town to be evacuated for a day.  This train load had also been treated to make it less explosive.  How's that working for us?
Note that I used the term bitumen not oil.  Some of this stuff is bitumen.  It's that blonde skinny girl on the oil and gas happy talk adds on TV that wants to call it oil.  Oil because that sounds better to the public, and in fact oil has less carbon in it than bitumen, and carbon when burned makes CO2 which acidifies the oceans and insulates the earth driving up temperatures.  There are all kinds of fossil fuels, oil, gas, bitumen, coal, probably others I don't know about.

1 comment:

  1. CSX Railway has a track that bisects Evansville and everyday we have tanker cars traveling on those rails. The problem is that every track has to end up at the Howell Yards in the SW side to get on the track that crosses the RR bridge over the Ohio. Darrel, the River City is a tragedy waiting to happen...



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